Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has strongly defended Turkey’s relationship with Hamas, suggesting that this relationship has actually helped make the militant Palestinian group “mainstream.”
“Turkey wants to make contributions for peace in the Middle East and is establishing dialogue with everybody who wants to contribute. It is trying to convince everybody,” Çavuşoğlu said on Jan. 12, in response to Washington’s apparent criticism of the relationship between Ankara and Hamas.
“Everybody can see how much of a difference there is between Hamas’ previous line and its current stance. The country that has made the biggest contribution to this is Turkey. We have even convinced Hamas to recognize the independent Israeli state in the case of a resolution,” he added, speaking to state-run Anadolu Agency.
“Our dialogue with Hamas is important for peace and dialogue. We don’t understand those who say ‘We are against the Hamas leader’s [Khaled Mashaal] visit to Turkey.’ No matter who they are and no matter where they come from, people who come to Turkey enter and exit in line with international law and the laws of Turkey. Turkey is a democratic state governed by the rule of law. Therefore, whoever enters and whoever stays, and for how long, is designated by laws,” Çavuşoğlu said.
He has convinced Hamas to recognize Israel in the case of a “resolution”? What’s a “resolution”? That is news to me.